Reviewed – The TriggerTech Trigger

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While there isn’t anything really bad about the Remington X-Mark Pro (XMP) triggers, many of us in the shooting community consider it to be the weak point in the rifles offered by Big Green. Some of us simply prefer the old Remington trigger or wish for a crisper cleaner trigger pull but, whatever the reasoning, the fact is that lots of us swap out triggers first chance we get and Remington’s massive – and poorly managed – trigger recall likely added a fair few more converts to the ‘ditch the XMP’ crew.

Unless I am building a pure target (F-Class or similar) rifle off of a R700 action the trigger I’m most likely to replace the Remington factory trigger with the is very reliable and not too expensive Timney 510 but a few months ago a new – Canadian – offering hit the market from TriggerTech. Trigger Tech are very well know for making crossbow triggers but I think this is their first foray into the world of centrefire rifles.

Simple and Easy-To-Read Instructions

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TrigerTech claim to have brought their friction-less technology to the rifle world and they say that this produces more consistency than the standard Remington trigger which uses a sliding friction sear/trigger interface.

I bought a couple of Triggertech triggers back in the summer and installed them in my PGW Rifles which until recently were shipped with XMP triggers (now shipped with… you guessed TriggerTechs ).  One of the new triggers went in my .338 LM Timberwolf and the other in my .308 Coyote. Over the past few months I’ve extensively tested both triggers and actually I went so far as to us the .308 in an F-Class match to see how it and especially this trigger would perform against top-line equipment.

The TriggerTech triggers I bought were the w/o safety flavour and they install as simply as can be using the trigger pins on the action. There is a single click adjustable screw that can be adjusted to move the pull weight and it is easy to use to get the shooter to his or her preferred trigger pull.

Easy Installation – old trigger out

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New Trigger In

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Unlike most triggers – even good ones – there isn’t any sense of real movement or progression. The trigger actually surprises me when it goes off; crisply and cleanly at the same point time after time after time. This isn’t the opinion formed after one range session to write an article but the opinion of a shooter who has been using the trigger in two guns for several months. Yes, I am impressed.

Priced less than the Timney 510 this trigger has to be my go to trigger whenever a XMP Remington trigger now needs swapping out. An excellent product that is well worth taking a look at.

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A Plea To Canadian Voters

I’ve not posted for a while because I’ve been very busy with a number of other matters but the upcoming Canadian Federal Election on Monday causes me to want to reach out to as many people as possible.  I ask that everyone eligible to vote in this election seriously consider two things: One – what will happen to the economy if the Liberal or NDP parties form government ? If you are not sure of the answer to this question please look at Alberta and Ontario for examples. Secondly, if you are a gun owner ( and if you found this page you likely are ) please consider that while the Conservatives didn’t give us everything we wanted, they did get rid of the Long Gun Registry and they also reigned in the RCMP who initially (and without notice) banned our Swiss Arms and CZ858’s.

The Conservatives are not perfect – no political party is – but in my opinion they are the very best choice for the Canadian economy.  For Canadian gun owners the Conservatives are the only major party that will work with us to allow us the freedom to enjoy our hobby, our sport and our culture of gun ownership.

Thank you for reading this.  If you are reading this outside of Canada please forgive the political message – hopefully you will appreciate how important this issue is.

Using a Tactical Rifle for F-Class – Update

Back in Mid Summer I embarked upon the journey of selecting a tactical rifle that would suffice for the F-Class game where it would be expected to be competitive against single shot long-barreled rifles that are purpose built for this most demanding of accuracy sports.

The selection of a suitable tactical rifle naturally focused upon which of the contenders could consistently shoot the smallest, tightest groups and so load development was geared towards that which would be most accurate at the distance that the particular upcoming match was to be shot which in this case was the relatively short ( by F Class standards ) range of 500m.

I’m fortunate to have on my own property a nice 500m shooting area so I was able to very easily shoot a particular load, record data, make up a new load and re-shoot.

My Favored Shooting Spot

I’d whittled down the rifle selection to two – a PGW Coyote and a customized Remington 700.  At day’s end the Coyote was chosen but not because it outshone the Rock Creek barreled Remy but because it allowed for the attachment of the better bipod – a LRA versus a Harris.  The choice of the Coyote though came at a price – weight – which quite sadly meant that the first choice of scope; a S+B Pmii had to be forgone for a lighter offering from Sightron ( their fine Siii 8-32×56 ).

The PGW Coyote in Match Condition

Most interestingly, the load I’d developed for long range using a Berger 185 over Varget was not the most  accurate at the 500m range and neither for that matter was another ‘go to’ load that utilized the Hornady 178g BTHP.  In fact the real surprise out of this whole exercise was that out of the variety of loads tested, the majority of the half minute or better groups were found to be shot using a load tipped with a Hornady 168g HPBT – and I though the 168g pills were obsolete !

The final load settled upon was 168g Hornady HPBT over 43.5 Varget in Lapua brass ignited with FGMM primers.  Velocity clocked at 2735 FPS using a Magento Speed chrony and confirmed by using Strelok Ballistic App for Android.

At load development ranges of 200m and 300m the 168g load turned in consistent sub-half minute results just like the one pictured below.

Sub Half MOA at 200m

At 500m the average 5-shot grouping opens up with the 168g load but still averages in the .5’s and since 500m is still shy of the 600 yard “wall” that so bedevils many 168g projectiles with an 11 degree tail I saw no evidence whatsoever of the yaw or tumble that I was mindful of.

Below is a pretty representative 5 shot group at 500m

5 Shots at 500M – 0.531 MOA

So now I figure I am pretty much set – it will be interesting to use a rifle designed for one thing (tactical use ) in a sport dominated by rifles purpose built for that game.  I’ll be posting results in a few weeks time.